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I was driving back from the farm the other day and my chosen route was I84 from Southeast, up and over the Highlands and then down their spine to the Taconic Parkway southwards to my road on the other side. It's a bit longer than taking the streets but it's a beautiful drive and by-passes the clogging, choked traffic on routes 6 and 52 in Carmel.
But the viewshed I've just described and which many of you have seen for yourselves is threatened by the construction of Patterson Crossing. It's bad enough "The Highlands" lopped off the top of a mountain as if the developer were strip mining for coal. But it's even worse: destroying yet another mountain and another view, wantonly stripping off 60 acres of trees and threatening a community's way of life - and without official censure or condemnation or penalty of any kind.State Supreme Court judge Andrew O'Rourke dismissed arguments from a neighbor who objected to the rebuilding of the Belle Levine Arts Center in Mahopac. Considering he'd been a neighbor since 1987 and had never objected to the Arts Center's existence before, he didn't have much of a case. And, being a lawyer himself he should have known that. His actions cost people a great deal of money and placed a goodly amount of stress on more. I hope he's disbarred.
Everyone's school budget passed save Mahopac.
A portion of the Historic Albany Post Road in Continental Village will be paved. The long standing battle to keep the road in its original condition, which predates our nation's founding, was lost to the lawyers.
WWOOF.ORG: It's summer, you've just gotten out of school and you've not much to occupy your time. However, you do like the thought of growing your own organic foods and being part of the whole movement towards better health and sustainability. You also might like to see some other part of the USA or the greater world around us and it would be even better if you could combine all this into one plan. Well (you knew this was coming), you can.Tomorrow (Thursday) night at 7:30 PM, Kent Fiscal Watch will be hosting an open forum featuring Assemblywoman Sandy Galef at the Lake Carmel Community Center, 10 Huguenot Road, Lake Carmel NY. The main topics of discussion will be: How to make the Open Meeting and Freedom of Information Act more effective in opening up government documents, Consolidation of Administrative and other Services in schools and other agencies, School Taxes: The Circuit Breaker Bill, The Cahill Bill, all different approaches to the same problem. How to take part in your town's budget development, and my favorite topic, the importance of citizen activism.
And now, The News:
So some wind-turbine makers are shifting their focus toward building bigger wind turbines that can harvest the lower-speed winds that are more readily available. This next generation of wind turbines is no small matter: their rotors have a diameter the size of a football field.
In general, wind turbines get more powerful and efficient with taller turbine towers and larger areas swept by the blades, according to the American Wind Energy Association. A turbine's swept area is a key indicator in how much power output potential the turbine has.
"Lower wind-speed turbines certainly open up more land for development," said Rich Reno, platform leader for General Electric's new 2.5-megawatt wind turbine. "Larger turbines open up the opportunity to get more megawatts out of a given piece of land."
“Today’s announcement is a critical step forward in achieving New York’s goals under its Renewable Portfolio Standard and in boosting the State’s energy independence,” said Governor Paterson. “The installation of 100 megawatts of solar power at our schools, municipal and commercial buildings, and other State sites will enhance New York State’s status as a leader in the new clean energy economy and will create clean energy jobs right here in New York State.”
Magnetic refrigeration technology could provide a 'green' alternative to traditional energy-guzzling gas-compression fridges and air conditioners. They would require 20-30% less energy to run than the best systems currently available, and would not rely on ozone-depleting chemicals or greenhouse gases. Refrigeration and air conditioning units make a major contribution to the planet's energy consumption - in the USA in the summer months they account for approximately 50% of the country's energy use.
A magnetic refrigeration system works by applying a magnetic field to a magnetic material - some of the most promising being metallic alloys - causing it to heat up. This excess heat is removed from the system by water, cooling the material back down to its original temperature. When the magnetic field is removed the material cools down even further, and it is this cooling property that researchers hope to harness for a wide variety of cooling applications.
Eight-year-old Matt Carlucci is in awe as soon as he walks through the front door of The Garbage Museum, confronted immediately by a colorful, 12-foot-tall dinosaur made out of junk. "Trash-o-saurus" resembles something out of the animated movie "Robots."
Pennsylvania sculptor Leo Sewell, who grew up near a dump, fashioned the 24-foot-long piece out of old "no parking" signs, cell phones, shoes, license plates, sunglasses, plastic toys and anything else he could get his hands on. Visitors are given a list of things to find on the dinosaur, and it's no easy feat.
"It's pretty cool," Matt said during a trip with his third-grade class from Sherman, Conn., on a recent Friday. "All the garbage on it, how big it is and how much it weighs."
The sculpture is 2,000 pounds, representing the average amount of garbage and recyclables each person in Connecticut discards each year. Like all the exhibits, "Trash-o-saurus" was designed with the goal of teaching how important recycling is. (AP Photo: Bob Child)
10:43 PM EDT, May 12, 2009
Suffolk legislators approved a home rule message Tuesday calling for a study and referendum on the merits of Long Island seceding from a "tyrannical" New York State government, though they are unlikely to be taking up muskets for an armed revolt.
The dormant Long Island secession movement awakened by presiding officer William Lindsay (D-Holbrook), who, angered by the regional payroll tax imposed by state lawmakers to fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority bailout, called for a vote on the matter to register his anger about the new tax.
While Lindsay said the vote was as a publicity stunt, some of his colleagues were less subdued.
Legis. Daniel Losquadro (R-Shoreham), the body's GOP leader, called for a revolt on Long Island against the state.
Researchers at the Weizmann Institute Organic Chemistry Department under the leadership of Prof. David Milstein have developed a novel way of splitting water molecules that can separate oxygen from water and bind the atoms in a different molecule. This technique leaves the hydrogen free to combine in other compounds as well. They were inspired by photosynthesis, a process carried out by plants. Photosynthesis is the life giving force on the earth because it is the source of all oxygen on the earth.
PRAGUE — They say the Golem, a Jewish giant with glowing eyes and supernatural powers, is lurking once again in the attic of the Old-New Synagogue here.
The Golem, according to Czech legend, was fashioned from clay and brought to life by a rabbi to protect Prague’s 16th-century ghetto from persecution, and is said to be called forth in times of crisis. True to form, he is once again experiencing a revival and, in this commercial age, has spawned a one-monster industry.
There are Golem hotels; Golem door-making companies; Golem clay figurines (made in China); a recent musical starring a dancing Golem; and a Czech strongman called the Golem who bends iron bars with his teeth. The Golem has also infiltrated Czech cuisine: the menu at the non-kosher restaurant called the Golem features a “rabbi’s pocket of beef tenderloin” and a $7 “crisis special” of roast pork and potatoes that would surely have rattled the venerable Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, the Golem’s supposed maker.
Even the first lady, Michelle Obama, paid her respects, when she visited Rabbi Loew’s grave last month and, following Jewish tradition, placed a prayer on a piece of paper and put it near his tombstone.
Officers responded to the home of Bedford Board of Education member Andrew Mizsak after hearing and argument and getting a hang up call to 911 on Thursday.
Police said a verbal argument had taken place between Andrew Mizsak Sr. and Andrew Mizsak Jr.
The 63-year-old father said his 29-year-old son became upset when he was told to clean his room.
The son stated that he didn't have time and became enraged. Police said he threw a plate of food across the kitchen table and balled up his fist at his father.
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